The State of Israel faces “complicated operational challenges” incoming Air Force chief,Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan said Tuesday in his in his inauguration ceremony.
Nehushtan noted that “Israel is situated in a strategically dynamic area full of dangers and risks. Thus, the Iranian regime, for instance, combines venomous rhetoric with actual deeds on the basis of an ideology that denies Israel's right to exist.”
The incoming IAF chief also referred to the situation in the north and said that what is occurring in Lebanon is a “worrisome building of (Hizbllah) strength and lack of stability.” He also discussed the Palestinian issue and the terrorism, which he said “continues to ceaselessly hurt Israeli citizens.”
Nehushtan also said that “the IAF’s genetic code pushes us towards excellence, initiative, open-mindedness and persistence.” In his speech, he also mentioned missing navigator Ron Arad and the three kidnapped IDF soldiers, Gilad Shalit, Eldad Regev and Udi Goldwasser, expressing his hope for their quick return.